Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, on Friday, demanded an end to the “200-year old Almajiri system”.
He spoke at a meeting with the Nigeria Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19, (CACCOVID).
Bello lamented that children of about three to five years are separated from their parents in a supposed quest for religious knowledge.
He stated that it was absolutely wrong “to separate a child and send him to a town where he has no one to take care of him and end up in the streets where he is abused.
“This is the worst form of human abuse you can think of. A child of three, four years must have parental guidance”.
Bello told parents to produce children they have the ability and capability to cater for.
He advised them to desist from shying away from their responsibilities under the guise of sending kids away to seek Islamic knowledge.
The governor added that with the support of the Northern Governors Forum (NGF), the Almajiri system practice would soon be a thing of the past.
He disclosed that his administration is working with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to create a system where children will acquire both western and religious knowledge in their localities.